Stella and KC Host a Pittie Party

Stella and KC had themselves a pittie party this weekend, inviting a few of their closest pit bull friends over for a Memorial Day swim.

Most had attended doggie daycare – so we knew everyone was dog friendly – but just like with kids, the introductions were slightly awkward.  Once they met (sniffed each other’s butts), got over their shyness (ran away), and established ranks and set boundaries (growled), everyone relaxed and had fun.

KC only showed her true (mean girl) side once…when claiming her outside couch-throne.  A few minutes inside for a time out, though, and she got the message.

Nancy and her recent foster fail, Big Kahuna (with a name like that, you know he’s from Stray Rescue) get used to the water


And he’s off!


Tot, rescued by Stray Rescue with her brother Tater and adopted by my friend Nicole, brought her own pool to the party.


With help from her mom, Tot tries out the big girl pool


Despite prodding from his mom Kelly, Zeus wants noooo part of that wet stuff


Big Kahuna and Chomper became fast friends


Chomper and Tot in a neck and neck race


Cockapoo KC has no problem partying with the pitties.  Here she passes by Niki, who chooses not to follow the crowd.


Nicole, Tot and KC enjoying the sunshine


Totter Tot


Zeus – biggest momma’s boy love bug ever


Nancy and her handsome boy BK


Nicole rethinks her snack time idea. Actually, they were all very well-behaved 🙂 To her right (besides me laughing my head off) is Mia, a pugador (pug-labrador), whose dad Brad works with me at the Watering Bowl.

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Tot getting a leg up on Chomper to get to the cheese


Mesmerized by the cheese, Zeus tries to will it into his mouth


Stella, almost 11, made an appearance until nap time; then we never saw her again.


We had one minor mishap. Tot, whose legs are as short as a Basset Hound’s, took a flying leap from the 4-foot wall to the pool deck and landed on her chin. We don’t know how she didn’t break a leg or her jaw.


Our hope for the day was to hang out with friends and watch the pups run around and wear themselves out.

Based on the pictures sent to me later…

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…I’d say the party was a success.

The (Basketball) Beat Goes On

Eric came home last week from playing summer basketball in California. He was only home for a few days. The night before he left for College of Central Florida, a junior college in Ocala, we had a get-together.
Brian and Marlys came to say goodbye and show us how big Luke is. He’s 11 weeks old now.

Brian and Marlys brought their friend Chloe.

Marlys and Luke…so cute!

Brian and Eric’s competition-of-the-day, which they’ve done since Eric was 7, was Brian throwing the frisbee to Eric while he jumped off the diving board. It went on for at least an hour.

We ended with a steak dinner (thank you Larry!)
 And the next day he was off to Florida, with all of his belongings in four bags 🙂
The NJCAA offers athletic scholarships, so thankfully everything at Central Florida will be paid for.

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Moeller, Eric Desmet Jesuit  St Louis, MO Men’s Basketball Signed
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Uchedike, Chinedu Caldwell  Greensboro, NC Men’s Basketball Signed
Wigginton, Rodell Lee Academy  Dartmouth, NJ Men’s Basketball Signed
Wilson , Henry Williston   Williston , FL Men’s Basketball Signed

The only article I found about Eric’s summer basketball at El Camino was this summary of one game…
El Camino 44, Sequoias 31:

Eric Joseph Moeller scored 14 pts and added 4 rebs and 3 blocked shots to lead El Camino to a surprisingly easy win over a visibly tired College of the Sequoias team.
El Camino used three different units of 5 players, and that seemed to wear down COS, playing its fourth game of the event. El Camino limited the Giants to 25% shooting for the game and posted a plus-11 rebounding advantage.
El Camino took control of the game from the start, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and leading, 29-13, after a 3-point play by Moeller with 1:54 left in the first half. It was 31-18 at the break, and El Camino scored the first six points of the second half to push the lead to 19 points at 37-18, and COS never mounted a rally.
Moeller was the only player for El Camino to score in double digits, hardly a surprise as the Warriors not only used 15 players but shot only 30% from the floor. Seifert Emmanuel Scott had 6 pts on 3-for-4 from the floor and grabbed 4 rebs.

…And this San Gabriel Valley Summary, which lists Eric under First Team All-Shootout Team.

SGV JUCO Shootout Summary

There were 42 teams involved in the 2013 San Gabriel Valley JUCO Shootout held July 19 @ Cal Poly Pomona and July 20 at Azusa Pacific.
I managed to see 34 of the 42 teams in 19 games over the two days. Of the teams I missed, six of them (Fullerton, Palomar, Long Beach, Desert, Rio Hondo, SD Mesa & Irvine Valley) will be at the shootout next weekend at Cerritos and I’ll catch them there.
I’ve selected a Most Outstanding Player a Top Team, three All-Tournament teams and an Honorable Mention list for players seriously considered for the All-Tournament teams.
And of course, all these opinions are my own. I’ve roughly followed the stats and results, but there is some subjective judgment involved as well. I’ve also finessed some of the positions so the most deserving players are recognized. I realize there’s plenty of room for disagreement, but this is what I think…

Most Outstanding Player:
Wesley Harris, Compton. The 5-8 sophomore exploded for 32 points against The Ball, a team that featured a number of unsigned sophomores that went 3-1 in this event with its only loss coming to Compton. Harris made 12 of 20 shots, including 6 three-pointers, and added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in Compton’s 73-70 win.

Top Team:
Chaffey. Last year’s state finalist graduated most of its roster, but it looks like they’re hardly going to miss a beat as Chaffey was dominant in this event with four wins, all by at least 13 points, including a 21-point thrashing of perennial powerhouse and 2011 state champion Fresno.

All-Shootout Teams:

First Team:
G-Bobby Grey, San Jose
G-Wesley Harris, Compton
F-Jeff Nibo, Chaffey
F-Andre Russell, San Jose
C-Eric Joseph Moeller, El Camino

Second Team:
G-J.R. Williams, LA Pierce
G-Sammy Allen Jr., Merritt
F-Aaron Cameron, Cosumnes River
F-Maurice Joiner, San Jose
C-Geoff Frid, Mira Costa

Third Team:
G-Jalil Eppenger, Merritt
G-A.J. Bridges, Cosumnes River
F-Van Holloway, Bakersfield
F-David Horst, Canyons
C-Jaycob Velasco, Cosumnes River

For anyone interested, all of Eric’s games at Central Florida will be available to view on the Internet. I’ll find out details before the season.

And as our friend Mike says…

The beat goes on.